|Let's ignore the scuff marks at the bottom of the door and the touch up I need to do to the walls, OK? THANKS!|
|Cell phones nestled inside already and four (4!) pockets you can't see....this bag is the perfect size for me!|
So this bag, for me, was about beauty, elegance, and durability. It had to look good, I had to look good carrying it, it had to be big enough (ie. Can I carry my laptop in this comfortably? Yes? Then it's big enough) to carry my everyday items. This is going to be the bag I schlep back and forth to NYC with. This will be the bag I schlep around NYC with.
Making this was a labor of love. I'm an occasional sewer; I can make what I want, when I want, as long as the pattern has great instructions. Otherwise.....well, the results aren't always pretty because I don't sew enough.
So, what went into making this bag?
I read the pattern for weeks after receiving it.
I finally cut out the pattern pieces two weeks ago.
I spent 2 hours last night cutting out the exterior fabric, interfacing and lining.
I reread the instructions again.
I spent ~10 hours today sewing it. No seriously, from about 10:30 AM to 8:30 PM I was sewing this bag. What did I learn?
- Take breaks. Have lunch. Eat dinner. Walk away from it every so often.
- Having a walking foot can save your life! I've never used my walking foot before today and I can't imagine living without it now. A walking foot is almost a must on this bag.
- I don't think her instructions on making the fabric straps are correct. If I had followed her directions, I would have had colossal straps (like 80" long per strap). I took the first strap out, cut it in half, and sewed the ends together to get the correct length.
- Amy must have a tiny phone, because there is so way I could fit my phone in her cell phone pocket. I had planned to put 2 cell phone pockets in my bag anyway (I have a work and a personal cell, so it was a must), but looking at the finished size of her pockets, she must have assumed that everyone making the bag would be lining it in some super stretchy material.
The cell phone on the left (work) is on top of the pocket sewn by her instructions (using a 1/2" seam). The pocket under the cell (personal) on the right is the same, but used a 1/4" seam.
|The final result. Each cell phone inside it's pocket....a perfect fit. I didn't bother with the crease/pleat at the bottom either....too much bother.|